4/21/2019

Swiss Minimalistic Jazz Ensemble Akku Quintet To Release Fourth Album "Depart" On Trey Gunn's 7dMedia Label


Featuring Sonar drummer Manuel Pasquinelli

The Akku Quintet was founded by drummer and composer Manuel Pasquinelli. Says renown writer Sid Smith, “Best-known for his work in Swiss post-rock minimalist outfit, SONAR, Pasquinelli's writing contains an almost cinematic dimension that encompasses bittersweet moods and moments of unfolding drama.” The band is based in Switzerland, from where they dispense a minimalistic jazz groove to great effect.

Since their first concerts in 2011 the band gained more and more international attention (North-America tour in autumn 2018). Their debut album “Stages of Sleep” was released in May 2013 (Morpheus Records). The quintet then set the different phases of sleep to music. Following their acclaimed 2015 album “Molecules” Akku Quintet released their third record “Aeon” in 2017. In October 2018 the band toured Canada and USA.

Their fourth album “Depart” is the first to be released on Trey Gunn's (King Crimson, Security Project) 7d Media label on May 17th.

Says Manuel, “We have chosen 'Depart' as the album title because it describes very good the general feeling/spirit of the album. I'd say compared to our previous albums, 'Depart' is more driving and expressive. I think one can hear a forward-moving undertone on all the tracks. The title track 'Depart' comes along in a courageous and at the same time doubting and mysterious mood, performed with lots of playfulness. 'Depart' was the best word to describe the mood of this track and the album in general.”

“The group connect and lock together yet remain constantly in motion, maintaining a balletic poise and grace that skilfully builds and adds line upon line of long, sonorous notes. Though each one on its own might be gossamer-thin, when combined, they create something strong and enduring, something substantial and memorable.” - Sid Smith  

Akku Quintet's new album still has a minimalistic touch, but you'll hear more of the soloistic qualities of the group members. It's a colourful, powerful album of a well attuned band. Recorded live in the studio April 16-19, 2018, the compositions were written by Manuel Pasquinelli.

Says Manuel, “We recorded the album within 4 days. All the songs were performed live in the studio, playing all together as a band. We rehearsed/developed the music in a short but intense rehearsal phase. At the weekend before the studio we played one concert with the new material. In the studio we were well prepared but the songs were still new for us. The music was finally shaped while playing as a group in the studio. I've written the music over a period of several months. Some sketches I already had long before, but there are also parts or songs that I've written just one or two weeks before the studio session.”

Line Up:
Michael Gilsenan: Sax
Maja Nydegger: Keys
Markus Ischer: Guit
Andi Schnellmann: Bass
Manuel Pasquinelli: Drums

Manuel Pasquinelli is also known as drummer of the band Sonar which is currently collaborating with David Torn and Bill Laswell. Andi Schnellmann is regularly touring with Schnellertollermeier (Cuneiform Records). In support of the new release the Akku Quintet will have some album-release gigs in Europe in May and will be touring in Europe and Russia in autumn. The band also hopes to play North America again soon.

In closing Manuel has this to impart, “My goal is to impart a specific mood to the listener. Not a concrete story, but a mood and a progression with changing conditions/colors to dive in as a listener. And I hope one can listen a tune on the album several times and discover always new things in the song and look at it/listen to it with a different focus/perspective.”

To purchase: https://akkuquintet7d.bandcamp.com/album/depart

For more information:
www.akkuquintet.com
www.facebook.com/akkuquintet


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Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com

4/20/2019

New Age World Instrumental Review: Jonny Lipford-Migration

Release Date: May 1, 2019
Label: Independent

If you look up Jonny Lipford on Spotify you will see quite a collection of album releases. In fact, I was quite amazed at how much music this man has out there.

On May 1st Migration will be available. Those who appreciate new age and world music with the flute or a genuine combination of both will appreciate the nine tracks for your listening pleasure.

You will hear Native American flute, Mojave flute, Mayan harmony flute, Irish flute, Persian flute, and Bansuri. That is quite an array of flutes giving each track an identity, sound, and texture that distinguishes itself as a standalone artistic achievement. I do not know any other way to put it.

For Jonny, this is a Migration of sights and sounds from track to track. As the birds fly in their patterns it shows nature taking its yearly course. In this instance, this artist follows his instincts and creates something truly beautiful. I really enjoyed the entire album but with the way it ended was what really just swept me away. There is 9:13 minutes of amazing enchantment that awaits a prospective audience. A nice touch is appropriately adding the chirping birds with about 2 minutes to go before it closes out.  Poetry in motion through music, what a wonderful artistic expression.

The purity and earthy tones are what bring me into each track and hold me. I am touched by the sincerity of the recordings and the heart and soul that went into making such an impressive group of tracks. It was like opening a book with an interesting cover then turning each page (or track) and reading another story. That, my music loving friends is a great example of the power of music, tones, vibrations and the honesty of an artist painting and picture we can all step into and make our own. 

For these ears Migration was a journey to complete peace and happiness. Now only if I could hold that feeling 24/7, now wouldn’t that be amazing to reach a level of spiritual attainment like that? This music and other similar recordings could help us all on our way to that level of existence.

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck
April 20, 2019

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Tracks:
 

01. Fly in Beauty
02. Hunt of the Nighthawk
03. Emerging Vision
04. Migration
05. Masked Ibis
06. At First Light
07. Wisdom in the Wing
08. Poet's Awakening
09. Peace Within

 

4/18/2019

UN Singers to Perform with Strawbs at the Grand Finale of the 50th Anniversary Celebration, Saturday April 27, 2019!


We are very pleased to announce that the UN Singers will perform with Strawbs in the Grand Finale of the band’s 50th Anniversary celebration at the Strand Theater, Lakewood NJ on Saturday April 27, 2019.

The UN Singers are designated by the United Nations as unofficial ambassadors of goodwill who convey a message of peace and tolerance, and a celebration of other cultures and religions, through music.

The UN Singers, a club affiliated to the UN Staff Recreation Council (UNSRC), were formed in 1947. Members of the choir come from all walks of life and from all over the world.

Conductor and musical director: Guillermo Vaisman



Strawbs Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 1-828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com

4/16/2019

Drum Legend Simon Phillips Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Protocol With 6-CD Box Set!


Features two full CDs of previously unreleased demos!

Drum legend Simon Phillips will be releasing a 6-CD box set on April 12th on Phantom Recordings. This truly deluxe set celebrates the 30th Anniversary of Protocol, the powerhouse jazz-rock vehicle for the music of legendary drummer Simon Phillips (Jeff Beck, Toto, The Who, Mike Oldfield, Hiromi). Included are all of the previous Protocol releases (I, II, III & IV), re-mastered for an even better sonic experience. Plus two full CDs of previously unreleased demos, with the embryonic tunes that would later become finished material for the Protocol II, III & IV albums. Protocol 4, included, was nominated for a Grammy in 2018 for Best Contemporary Instrumental Recording.

Phillips himself composed the liner notes of a glorious 24-page booklet with historic photos, providing deep insight into the genesis of the band, the tunes and recording processes. An absolute must-have collector's item for Simon's devotees worldwide!

Previously Unreleased Demos

Disc: 5 - Protocol II & III Demos
  1. Wildfire
  2. Funk Tune #1
  3. Six Eight
  4. Pump Type
  5. Thirteen
  6. Herbie Type
  7. Ballad
  8. Three Four
  9. Zawinul
  10. Mystery
  11. Protocol Blues
  12. A Perfect Flush
  13. Circle Seven
  14. Pilatus
  15. Stir Crazy
  16. Fast Five

Disc: 6 - Protocol IV Demos
  1. Six Eight
  2. Pentangle
  3. Indian Theme
  4. 7 Four Funk
  5. Intro + Celtic Boogie
  6. Blues
  7. Ballad
  8. Jan Type

Audio CD (April 12, 2019)
Number of Discs: 6
Label: Phantom Recordings

Protocol's 6-CD Set is available worldwide wherever you shop for CDs including: 

US
https://www.amazon.com/s?k=677357037425&ref=nb_sb_noss

UK
https://burningshed.com/simon-phillips_protocol_boxset?filter_name=simon%20phillips&filter_sub_category=true

Japan
https://www.amazon.co.jp/Protocol-Boxed-Set-Simon-Phillips/dp/B07PL6JK5V

Germany
https://www.jpc.de/jpcng/poprock/detail/-/art/simon-phillips-protocol-boxed-set/hnum/9029987

(Please note that the bonus material will not be available digitally.)

Management:
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mitomusicmanagement@gmail.com
www.mitomusic.com

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (US), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

Distribution is being handled in the US exclusively by Amped Distribution www.ampeddistribution.com and wholesale inquiries can be made to Alex Jimenez at alex@ampeddistribution.com

4/15/2019

CLEOPATRA ENTERTAINMENT TO RELEASE JOE LOUIS WALKER 'VIVA LAS VEGAS LIVE' CONCERT FILM WORLDWIDE ON DVD/CD & VOD ON May 10, 2019


Los Angeles, CA - On May 10th, 2019, Cleopatra Entertainment - in association with Cleopatra Blues - will release a brand new concert film Viva Las Vegas Live from Grammy Award-nominated Blues legend Joe Louis Walker. Directed by Brent Backhus, this stunning 85-minute concert was captured in all its glory at the infamous Boulder Station Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada last summer during Walker’s 2018 U.S. tour.

Joe Louis Walker’s career has spanned nearly six decades – and 24 studio albums – since first picking up the guitar at his childhood home in San Francisco at the young age of eight. Joining the local musicians’ union in his early teens enabled young Joe to perform publicly with the likes of John Lee Hooker, Buddy Miles, Thelonious Monk, Willie Dixon, Nick Lowe, John Mayall, Muddy Waters and even Jimi Hendrix. By the late 1980s and into the 1990s, Walker had already collaborated with and performed with multi-Grammy Award winning artists such as B.B. King (on King’s Blues Summit album) and James Cotton (on Cotton’s Deep In The Blues album) as well as enjoying the rare honor to perform at the Presidential Inauguration of President George H. Bush. In 2013, Walker was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, later being nominated in four categories for a Blues Music Award. In 2015, his album Everybody Wants A Piece was nominated for a Grammy Award in the “Best Contemporary Blues Album” category.

Viva Las Vegas Live will be available on global digital platforms along with the home entertainment version that will be packaged in a gorgeous, four-panel, 2 Disc Digipack containing a DVD and audio CD of the concert. The all-region DVD’s bonus features include an exclusive interview with Walker that was filmed backstage at the venue plus a rare, behind the scenes slideshow of Joe and his band as they prepare to storm through ten, smoking tracks in front of their adoring live audience. A stand-alone, limited-edition colored 12” Vinyl LP version of the concert will be released separately this summer on the Cleopatra Blues Label imprint.

Viva Las Vegas Live Track Listing:
I'm Not Messin’ Around
Young Girls Blues
Sugar Mama
Do You Love Me?
In The Morning
Soldier for Jesus
You Don't Love Me Girl
Black & Blue
Too Drunk To Drive Drunk
Like It This Way

PRE-ORDER JOE LOUIS WALKER VIVA LAS VEGAS LIVE DVD/CD here:
https://www.amazon.com/Joe-Louis-Walker-Viva-Vegas/dp/B07PKY4YZ5

Album Cover Photo Credit: Arnie Goodman


About Cleopatra Entertainment:
Cleopatra Entertainment is a Los Angeles based multimedia company founded by Cleopatra Records head Brian Perera. Recent films in release include the action-adventure extravaganza CHINA SALESMAN starring Mike Tyson and Steven Seagal, the Brit-Pop laced MODERN LIFE IS RUBBISH, Egypt’s official entry to the 2018 Academy Awards foreign language category SHEIKH JACKSON, and the critically acclaimed ENGLAND IS MINE, directed by Oscar and BAFTA nominated director Mark Gill. For more information about Cleopatra Entertainment, please contact VP/General Manager Tim Yasui, tim@cleorecs.com or (310) 526-7210

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com

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